Write Your Story – Book Script Or Screenplay

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COVID-19 TIME-PASSING SURVIVAL. There has never been a better time in our lives than now, to tell our story. It is said that everyone is good for at least one book, so why not now? Write it. Film it. Talk into a recorder daily and get YOUR story saved somewhere so that when we can reclaim our lives again, we each will have done something valuable with the time in lockdown.

I was a hairdresser for forty-years. My favorite aspect of the job, besides making people look their best, was to hear their stories and share bits and pieces of mine. I realized many years ago that everyone has had something note worthy, unusual, interesting and storybook worthy to tell. The stories I use to hear, never seemed to match the appearance of the person telling them. I often wondered how people would assess the stories I had to tell.

You gotta write a book, people would often say to me. Your story should be a film, I would often hear. Then I would go home, look in the mirror and think, ‘what’s so unusual about little ole me’? The years unfolded, my stories grew and when this weird 2020 lockdown and stay-at-home time was forced on us, I knew exactly what I needed to do to keep my mind busy and finally get my story on paper.

Seven months into pandemic time and not only have I filled four notebooks, but I realized that I didn’t want to write a book, I wanted to learn to dialogue in script format, just as I always had done when standing behind the salon chair and talking with my clients.

Lots of time on our hands, and lots of great tutorials on line to teach myself how to write in script format. Who knows, maybe one day you will see my story on television! Writing a screenplay or script felt more natural for me; what people are saying, how they say it, where they say it, describe the place it’s being said… and like that. I did, however, I had to do an extended search on what script software I would need to buy if I ever hoped to submit  my story to a professional. Hah! Who am I kidding. Well, I can try, can’t I?

Writing a romantic comedy. Geez. Nothing about my past seemed funny to me. It always seemed like a drama that left me with scares. Not the kind of scares you get from surgery, or a physical wound, but my heart sure looked as though it had been through at least four war battles, if not more. How is that funny?

Pandemic perspectives. Perspectives on life, sure put things in their place. I had tried numerous times in my life to write my story, write a book about my experiences, tell all, but I never could get past chapter three without throwing the entire mess in a drawer somewhere deep, and just forget about it. Then, the pandemic hit. Suddenly my internal wounds seemed not so scary, not scary like this pandemic was making us all feel. Then one day I got an idea that would help me write my story. I created a character that never existed in my story… or did she? This character suddenly brought light to my otherwise dark story, and with her help I have been able to write and properly format eight short episodes that just might be film worthy material.

So, you see? If I can do this, without a journalist degree, or some degree in literary writing, but simply tell my story, then so can you. I remember many years ago, like a gazillion years ago when my very old (like, 90), grandmother was still alive, she had so many stories she would tell me, fascinating stories about her life, but she never wrote them down. So, one day I bought a cassette tape player (yeah, that was a thing back then),  and a dozen blank cassettes and took them to her. I tried to inspire her to go sit out on her front porch, just as she would do with me, and turn the machine on, and talk; just talk about what ever came to mind. Maybe something in the course of her morning would trigger a memory about her life, and she could tell it to the machine. She never did. Her stories died with her. The only bits and pieces of stories she left behind were of many photos her professional photographer brother took in the late 1800’s and early 20’s and 30’s.

Write a book. Tell your story. Talk your memories into a recording device and someone else can put them on paper, if you don’t like to write. We are all good for a story, maybe many. The film industry is always looking for new stories; a new perspective on life, or something noteworthy that others will want to see or be inspired by.

I created the video here with the intention to inspire you, or maybe just to feel the nearness of other people at a time when we were being forced into isolation. I am a people person and since I have been forced to be in safety-mode isolation I have found creative ways to be with lots of people; all the people who have had a face, at some point in my life, including you.

I hope I have inspired you in some way to tell your story! Feedback is deeply appreciated xoxo

 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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